"What do you want out of life? Out of a career?"
This was a question asked of me recently.
My answer was simple, though it was rooted with many deeper thoughts: I want to make a difference.
Do I have to be a CEO to make a change, make a difference? No.
Do I have to have a job where everyone knows and sees what I do? No.
Do I have to be a public speaker or writer or motivator to make a difference? No.
Do I have to be an overseas missionary to influence others with God's love? No.
Making a difference starts with my heart motivations and moves through the creases of my words and my actions. Making a difference is something God does, using me.
I thought about who most impacted me over my life thus far. My mom. My friend, Julie. Those 2 are the first who come to mind every time. Did either of them have big time names or huge careers or places of great importance in a worldly sense of the word? No. But they both displayed incredible willingness. To be who and where God placed them.
I often have said "But I just make coffee". But God can use that. He can use a smile in a person's day.( I know He has used others' smiles in my day.)
God can use a simple encouraging word.
God can use my broken hearted moments to help someone. He can use my fallen moments where I have learned the depths of His grace. He can use my story. He can use my battle of what has been depression and anxiety. Why ? Because He has the victory. He has won for me. And He can use that to help someone else.
God can even use a perfect cup of coffee.
He has turned my sorrow to joy.
He has brought healing where there was only pain.
He has loved when I felt unloved.
He has given grace when no one else did.
He has overcome my battles.
But I had to let Him.
And He can use that. To make a difference. When I let Him, and stop telling Him what I think it should be that makes the difference .
How do I make a difference? Is it my career path? NO.
I make a difference starting with simple willingness. To be who He created me to be.
How will you make a difference today?